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Off the Ropes: Meet Sailormade

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Nautical style and Newport go hand in hand, so when I was first introduced to Sailormade, a nautical accessory line inspired by life in, on, and around the water, I knew it would be a perfect fit in the City by the Sea. Originally launched in 2011, Sailormade is now headquartered in Boston and the entire line of leather and nautical rope bracelets and leather belts for men and women are made in the USA. As the founders say:

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Wearing Sailormade’s Cargo belt featuring the authentic No.2 snap hook.

“The essence of Sailormade is our collective connection to the water… Whether you’re into SUP, kite boarding, sailing, kayaking, swimming or just sitting on the beach staring out at the sea, you know water is part of your DNA. It’s the place that takes you exactly as you are but always leaves you somehow changed…for the better.”

The Brummel Hook clasp is the cornerstone of all Sailormade bracelet designs. Also known as the Inglefield Clip and the Sister Hook, the design dates back to the early 1890s and has been traditionally used to secure lines, sheets and signal flag halyards so that the flag can be hoisted. Sailormade’s Brummel Hook clasps come in solid brass, dark or powder Rhodium, rose gold, or stainless silver finish.

Sailormade’s leather bracelets are each carefully hand-braided while the nylon bracelets can withstand the harshest elements. I’ve been asked repeatedly about The Endeavor single twisted marine rope bracelet with the brass Brummel Hook I’ve been sporting this summer,
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Another new wardrobe staple of mine: the Sailormade Cargo belt (at left). Made with supple vegetable-dyed saddle leather and finished with a solid brass custom natural brass snap hook, the belt is undeniably nautical (by nature) with its  No.2 snap hook. 

The Coral Collection also merges rope detailing and cuff designs, rings and necklaces. 

Check out the entire line here:

See an purchase select Sailormade pieces at Style Newport located at 306 Thames Street in Newport and the whole collection at (Enter your email and receive and email for 15% off!)





*American-made, Sailormade*


July 19, 2016 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

Style Find: Luca + Danni


Rhode Island’s own Luca + Danni, a rapidly expanding jewelry line, is a nod to the state’s past as the leading jewelry manufacturer in the country. Other lines, like Alex and Ani and Loren Hope, along with Luca + Danni, are helping steer the Ocean State back in the right direction.

lucadanni_1Fred Magnanimi, an investment banker by trade, left the Big Apple to return to Rhode Island and his family’s jewelry manufacturing business and launched Luca + Danni just over a year ago. The line is a tribute to his brother Danny, who lost his battle with Leukemia. Danny’s dream was to create a unique line of handcrafted, American-made jewelry that inspired others through the journey of life. Fueled by Danny’s passion and a burning desire to carry forth his vision, Luca + Danni was born.

Named after Fred’s two young children, Luca + Danni reminds us that through love, inspiration, and passion, we should all boldly embrace the journey of life.

Recently, the company launched a breast cancer awareness line in which 20% of the proceeds from the collection’s specified bracelets and necklaces are proudly donated to the Gloria Gemma Foundation.

Today, Luca + Danni is available in Newport at the Brick Market: Museum and Shop in addition to more than 700 retailers in the US and Canada.

Top photo: at Sarah’s Patio at Bouchard, Newport. For more images like this, follow @newportstyle on Instagram.


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Brick Market: Museum and Shop



October 26, 2015 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

Good Karma: Meet Sequin’s New Must-Have Collection

Sequin jewelry colo karmaI celebrated the arrival of Sequin stores here in Newport since day one; not only because their designs are stunning, creative, contemporary yet vintage-inspired and cost-effective, but because the trio of local shops add beauty to our streetscapes. Also, founders Kim and Linda Renk, along with Creative Director Tara Malkovich, are an inspiration. They’ve supported



many charities via their designs including a cause close to my heart, animals in need. Just some of the beneficiaries of their generosity include our own Potter League for Animals, the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center and other animal rescues near and far.

Most recently, I discovered their stunning Color Karma Collection which features colored stones “that represent qualities and moods that we all experience or strive for.” Featuring versatile and vibrant semi-precious stones along with charms cast with original Sequin illustrations, these bracelets are an effortless wardrobe staple.

I’ve been wearing “Happy,” a set of four semi-precious beaded stretch bracelets in turquoise (one in pearl) with crystal accents and a seashell charm; “Balanced,” a set of four in green with crystal accents (one in pearl) and an abstracted Earth charm; and “Sincere,” a set of four in cobalt blue (one in pearl) with crystal accents and a starry sky charm. They’re interchangeable, stackable and go from the boardroom to a beach party to a night on the town:

sequin collage(Above: wearing “Sincere” at Au Courant)

Sure you can get Sequin at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel and Bloomingdales, as well as select specialty boutiques nationwide, but they’re right here in Newport at all three shops (two on Bellevue, one on Thames). 

sequin jewelry balanced set color karmaTo discover all the sets and their meanings behind each one, CLICK HERE.

Find Sequin shops at 474 Thames Street, 182 Bellevue Avenue, and 119 Bellevue Avenue. A great time to check out the collection is at this weekend’s Bellevue Avenue Sidewalk Sale, Aug. 7, 8 & 9, 2015


Disclosure: I was given these Sequin sets gratis to experience and review. As always, opinions expressed are independent and my own.

July 31, 2015 at 3:33 pm 1 comment

All Cuffed Up: Ocean Meets Equine Style

3strapfeature_largeNewport is a place that celebrates the best of land and sea. It’s not uncommon, in fact, on a summer afternoon to be faced with the lovely dilemma of soaking up the sun with the sand between your toes or setting up a stellar tailgate at Glen Farm NauticalNeutralCuffsLEAD_largefor the Newport International Polo Series. Mack & Jane cuffs combine these two Aquidneck Island passions with their wide color-stripe leather bases crowned with equestrian or nautical themed gold- or silver- plated charms including horseshoes, hearts, bees, starfish and coins. Each bracelet in the equestrian and nautical collections is unique, come in a selection of distinctive colors and many have detailed wrap braid construction. All are secured by a stylish and sturdy magnetic clasp and average around $97.

As they say, it’s a small world, and I learned designer Jane Makransky grew up across the Potomac River from me in Silver Spring, Maryland (it’s a Beltway thing). Now based in Philadelphia, her designs are worn coast to coast— Mack & Jane cuffs were included in the 2014 Academy Awards and Emmy Awards gift bags. I’m loving my nautical theme cuff in black and tan featuring a delicate gold-plated starfish. It’s chic, striking and makes a subtle stylish statement. See the entire collection here:

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Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary  Mack & Jane cuff to review for quality and style.All opinions are independent and my own.

April 24, 2015 at 7:32 am Leave a comment

Let’s Hit the Bar

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How great are these “Lat & Lo” necklaces, named for Newport’s latitude & longitude coordinates? They were spotted at Island Outfitters and are proudly handcrafted in the US. Available in 14k gold filled, solid gold or solid sterling silver metals, each Lat & Lo piece is custom ordered (so they take a little time). Starting at $48.

October 28, 2014 at 9:14 pm Leave a comment

Ice, Ice, Baby: Behind the Crystal Curtains at Swarovski Headquarters


It’s true—here in the littlest state in the country resides the North American headquarters for the world’s leading crystal maker. Swarovski, which crafts crystal jewelry and couture, home decor, chandeliers, figurines and loose crystal elements, is based in Cranston and I was delighted to spend an afternoon at their home base to learn about the company’s legendary past—and exciting future. While the brand conjures up images of IMG_0239pure luxury, Swarovski also takes an approachable, “everyday” point of view. As I was told, the product line has been designed to be worn “from ball gowns to boating.” So when the company was looking for the ideal brand ambassador to represent the Swarovski lifestyle, there was one clear choice: Miranda Kerr. Model, mother and fresh faced fashionista, Kerr is featured in the new spring campaign and I saw some amazing behind the scenes footage from the shoot which included a song composed exclusively for Swarovski by Pharrell Williams. It’s clear Kerr continues the legacy of a brand that since its founding in 1895, has collaborated with Coco Chanel and Christian Dior among other lead designers. To put their versatility in perspective, consider this: Swarovski crystals can be found on some of the most iconic pop culture pieces, including Judy Garland’s red ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz to Michael Jackson’s glove. Swarovski has an on-site retail shop for employees and guests where I spotted the “Slake” wrap bracelet glittering with Jet Hematite crystals on black microfiber which has become one of my favorite wear-with-anything pieces:

IMG_0581 Want to know where you can find Swarovski locally, click here for the boutique finder or shop online (with a great post-holiday sale going on right now) by clicking here. Here’s a few more images from inside the crystal doors of Swarovski: IMG_0259







Thank you Swarovski for having me as your guest!

January 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm 10 comments

Charmed, I’m Sure: Sweet Maddie’s Newest Addition

Almost a year ago to the day, I introduced Sweet Maddie’s jewelry and accessories to Newport Stylephile readers (click here to read). The collection of nautical chart pendants, earring and cufflinks, key rings, and wine charms had been warmly received since they debuted. More recently, Newport-based designer and photographer Madeline Polss has expanded the collection to include charms featuring beloved locales like Narragansett, Block Island, Gooseberry Beach, Second Beach, Newport, Nantucket, Cape Cod and as a nod to her warmer water sailing adventures (Madeline is on her sailboat in the Caribbean at moment), St. Thomas, St. Martin, Tortola, St. Barts and more. Each is made from an upcycled nautical chart and a small round glass droplet measuring about 3/4″ across, the charms, just $15, have a split jump ring that makes adding it to your favorite bracelet simple.

You can find Sweet Maddie’s in stores up and down the East Coast and on Etsy by clicking here.

November 13, 2012 at 7:24 am Leave a comment

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